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, tonight, and michelle obama, what is the big test for michelle obama? we know she's practiced, she's a practiced speaker, she's been on the national stage, unlike ann romney, who hit it out of the park with her first effort, really, using teleprompters and all the attention. what is the tactical political effect of michelle obama? >> i think michelle made her debut four years ago in what was an off the chart speech. i think she, because of her closeness obviously with the president and her viewpoint, she can really tell the story of his values, his upbringing, what he believes, and what he wants to do yet for this country. i think she is going to be a powerful and passionate advocate for the president tonight and will give a great speech. >> unlike mitt romney, who needed to have the biography filled in and ann romney was trying to explain just who is this man who has been described variously as robotic and not warm and cuddly to the outside world, at least, president obama has a very high popularity quotient but his big gap is on answering the republican bumper stickers, which is
night was all about michelle obama. she electrified the crowd. michele obama had everyone on the convention floor on their feet. >> i love her >> some had tears in their eyes as mrs. obama spoke passionately about her husband >> i have seen firsthand that being president does not change to your >> it reveals to your >> she says this president is a man whose upbringing and from the values mean you look out for all americans >> that is why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet >> while the first lady stayed mostly away from politics, the keynote speaker go ride in. he got the crowd fired up when he answered the question, are we better off today than four years ago? >> four years ago america stood on the brink of a depression, despite incredible odds and united republican opposition, our president took action and now we have seen 4.5 million new jobs >> tonight president bill clinton will be the star >> they have used wood and we have the clintons, we went >> is expected to share how he got the economy roll
with republicans agree >> highlight tonight, the first lady michelle obama. calls are showing a she is more popular than her husband. the president and final campaign speech in virginia saying that he will be watching have >>president obama: if one michelle start talking, i start getting teary eyed. i will try not to let fencing the cry. >> romney did the day of pope paul ryan was trying to diffuse if >> the choice of speakers for the conventions as first night priority. lough than a quarter ended at the convention a short time ago bill clinton will make his left as is the biggest beach tomorrow night. bob jacqueline bennett changes to the forecast as we move into tomorrow. >> a chance of thundershowers into tomorrow afternoon. temperatures are warmer into tomorrow afternoon. it will feel monday to thursday. partly cloudy conditions and a return to the normal the google summer time when our on friday with morning fog, afternoon sun and temperatures in the '70s and '80s. fog along the coast on this afternoon. as we take a wider view look, you'll notice cloud in is at the bottom of your s
're going to be good. the headliner is none other than the first lady herself, michelle obama. and the keynote skooep speaker is a guy you may not know right now, but mark my words, you're going to know him tomorrow, and you're going to know him in probably the next four and eight years. more on that in a moment. but cnn's joe johns is watching all of this live. he joins me. joe, we watched at the rnc when ann romney kicked off that first night, and it was -- really, it was such a great speech. people will say what they will about a party that they don't like. but she was a great speaker, and she had everybody wrapped. and everybody talked about her in the media the next day, which is really the key when it comes to these conventions. nobody had really heard from her before, but they have heard from michelle obama. so is the pressure higher for mrs. obama to really sort of punch through, get her message out there, and get headlines for tomorrow? >> it's true, people have been listening to michelle obama for four years now, even more than that. but actually, i've got to tell yo
lady, michelle obama gets set for center stage at the democratic national convention. >>> gentle giant -- hollywood mourns the loss of oscar-nominated actor, michael clarke duncan. >>> and naughty no more -- he can england's prince harry steps out for the first time since the naked photos of vegas. >>> those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we are going to begin with the convention kickoff. the democratic national convention officially begins in charlotte tonight and is where first lady, michelle obama, is going to take the stalk and try to convince undecided voters that her husband deserve as second term. nbc's tracie potts is in charlotte with details. tracie, good morning. >> hi, lynn, good morning, everyone, behind me, the stage where it all gets started. the stage where we will see michelle obama. but not where we will see the president, he'll be a few blocks away at the bank of america stadium. one more day of campaigning before he arrives to make his case here in charlotte. last night, president obama told hurricane victims -- >> nobody
. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, has tonight's most critical job, reminding voters why they liked her husband enough to put him in the white house, and to make the case for giving him another four years. joining us now in our coverage all of this week, anderson cooper, high above the floor. >> our new poll shows why that case is more urgent than ever for the democrat. new numbers on mitt romney's convention bounds. john, what are the numbers? >> anderson, as the democrats open their convention tonight, let's look at that very question. we know governor romney got a one-point bounce out of his convention, not so great, about half what the president got four years ago. not a big bounce. where does that leave us? the democrats' opening night two months from a critical election day. doesn't get any closer than that. 48-48. >> the convention will pay tribute to a champion of health care reform, the late senator edward kennedy, and the woman who stood by his side, vicki kennedy. >> meanwhile, the floor plan is completely different from the republican convention in tampa. sinc
national convention officially kicked off. one of tonight's headline speakers, first lady michelle obama. as mrs. obama prepares for her big speech, her husband spent time in virginia today. mrs. obama joins us with all of the details. craig. >> reporter: good evening to you. debbie wasserman schultz on the stage here and called to order here in charlotte and you megged in prime tonight. first lady michelle obama addressing the delegates and that is after keynote address tonight. president obama also had the first lady's speech on his mind. >> whatever i say here today is going to be at best, the distant second from the star of the michelle obama -- obama family, michelle obama. >> reporter: president obama told the crowd in norfolk, virginia, he would try not to get choked up. >> i will be at home and watching it with our girls, and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. [ laughter ] because when michelle starts talking, i start getting all misty. >> reporter: in her speech, mrs. obama is expected to reach out to middle class voters, drawing a contrast between her husban
from the star of the obama family, michelle obama. you know, this is just like a relay and you start off with the fastest person. so i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching it with our girls. and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking, i start getting all misty. >> let's go to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's downstairs here in the convention at the time warner cable. what else do we expect the first lady to say tonight? >> wolf, we're really expecting her to stay somewhat on message when it comes to what president obama's campaign is all about. that he's making decisions putting the middle class first. but she's going to be doing it. a source close to her tells me from a very personal place. she'll obviously talk about herself is the person who knows him best, around him at very pivotal moments and she'll talk about how she's seen him make difficult decisions, whether it be health care reform or over the auto bailout. and that she has seen him make these decisions putting the middle class first. tha
-- here is a picture of the president and his daughters watching michelle obama from the white house last night. you can see the tweet that his campaign sent out last night. next call comes from michigan, independent line. caller: i think they should be the first ladies, supportive from the outside. i really don't feel that this buildup is necessary. just bring out the president and let him give his pitch and let's get on with the show. some of the stuff that she said makes no sense to me. with all the dinners and he is a way so much, i would have liked to of heard from melia and sasha and their impressions of their dead. how their time in washington has been as compared to chicago and how they are getting along in school and if they're looking forward to a second term. she looked very pretty and she is made up and she is dressed but do we need this? host: on your screen is a live picture of the inside of the time warner cable arena in charlotte at the democratic national convention and it convenes again tonight at 5:00 p.m. bill clinton will be the closer tonight to deliver the nominati
, especially in the fast track planes. >> first lady michelle obama has an urgent task at the convention, persuade voters to give him more time to finish the job. >> they want to make sure he stays there. >> the big theme is are we better off for the democrats >> it certainly is and it is every four years. this is where it is all happening starting today at the national convention. the energy is increasing and it will continue to happen through the evening with michelle obama taking the spotlight. the stage has been built and the party platform released in democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention >> this has been such an historic time that i could not imagine coming >> republicans will not let go of the question, are americans better off than they were four years ago? >> on want to ask the people struggling to find work if they're better off >> 52% of likely voters say the country is worse off than it was four years ago and 54 percent say the president does not deserve to be reelected based solely on his performance. vice-president joe biden is leading the charge to convince
of obama's little sister. i am michelle obama's older brother. any 7-footers out there come give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we have had different upbringings. as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different winning seem, we share a set of values are -- how different we may seem, we share is set of values, values that are as important in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education, and looking out for each other. they are the values of how barack and michele have lived their lives, raise their nieces, and lead this country as president and first lady of the united states. [applause] >> four years ago, at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i did not grow up with much in the wake of wealth. but we were blessed with a mother who taught us that education is the surest path from limited means to limitless opportunity. she inspired me to become a teacher and she inspired barack's deep commitment to giving all our young people the opportunity is our education ga
was the one. michelle obama was the one. barack obama just didn't have the oomph he had before. >> it is hard to recreate the star circumstance. >> you can't. >> belva: after four years hearing this president on the air repeatedly delivering almost the same message. americans get bored after ten seconds. >> quite frankly, we're still stuck in the recession. the jobs numbers came out. we are not putting enough folks back to work. that is what he promised four years ago. >> belva: were they good or were they bad? >> they were disappointing. >> they were bad. they were bad. >> belva: what is bad to the three of you? >> the wrong numbers are 8.1% unemployment which is down from what it was. people are looking for work. 96,000 jobs were created. >> it is it is expectation. you expected things to improve after july. >> belva: california numbers are looking up. this is incremental journey. >> california is third highest unemployment in the nation. here's the thing, we are in a recovery, but we're not getting the benefits of the recovery. we know a lot of companies are sitting on the capital. they a
and his wife, michele obama. >> michele was unbelievable. >> and joe biden. >> john kerry. >> john kerry did well, biden did well, clinton was incredible, michele obama was incredible. but you know, it -- >> it's a high bar to clear for the guy. >> and also, though, if you want to compare it to tampa, i mean, obviously so much -- >> they had to hold everyone back. >> so much better than everybody at tampa. we're not going to even -- but as far as substance goes, i agree. >> beautiful. >> he said nothing, but he said nothing so much better than mitt romney said nothing. >> yeah. >> which i was talking -- >> that's it. >> let's be clear, we were talking about how high the bar was for obama. talk about mitt romney, it's a low bar for mitt romney to clear that bar. he was somewhere in between those things. i thought the first two-thirds of the speech, and many people have said this, it did feel like a state of the union speech. little bit of a laundry list and very -- not just as mark said, not only did he say nothing new, he said nothing bold and he said nothing very specific. you know, one
will they be counting on michelle obama but also counting on a long list of speakers. we have heard an enthusiastic crowd only as they gave a full throated defense of the president's health care act known as obama care by republicans. and they have given example after example of his leadership ability, something else that republicans criticized last week in tampa. but the headliner, a first lady, she will reintroduce her husband to american voters. the democratic national convention is officially underway. michelle obama headlines the first night of big speeches. >> i think that she is dynamic, and i'm just excited. >> she is proud to display her admiration. >> i am wearing my tribute to michelle obama. >> she expects the first lady to appeal to women voters. >> as a representative of women, she has been outstanding. >> at a rally in virginia the president said that he will watch his wife's speech on television with their daughters. >> whenever i say today, it is going to be, at best, a distant second to the speech that you will hear tonight from the start of the obama family, michelle obama. >> wi
lady michele obama came to the podium this afternoon to prepare for her speech tomorrow night. her husband, at a labor day celebration in ohio, took credit for saving the u.s. auto industry. >> i believed in you, i bet on you, and because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america! >> reporter: it's a line that begins to answer the classic question from ronald reagan in 1980. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> reporter: over the weekend, top obama aides and supporters struggled to answer that question. >> are we where we need to be? no. >> we have a lot more work to do. >> no, but that's not the question of the selection. >> reporter: today, an about-face. >> we are clearly better off as a country. >> absolutely. >> america is better off today. >> reporter: so job one for the week, the president needs to come up with a compelling case as to why the country is better off now. but it's not just about the past. job two, he also needs to paint a vision of the economy going forward. what will he do so the recovery is stronger than it's been? h
swing at this hour and tonight's headline speaker is michelle obama. other heavy hitters. craig. >> gasia, good evening to you. on stage right now maryland governor firing up this crowd. he's going to be introducing in just a few moments the keynote speaker for tonight, the san antonio mayor. it's going to be an electrifying moment for them. everyone here ready and waiting for the headlining event of this night, first lady michelle obama as the democratic national convention kicks into overdrive really on its very first night. >> the 45th national convention of the democratic party will now come to order. . >> first lady michelle obama is taking the prime time spotlight on the opening night, but ahead of her speech, several prominent democrats are firing up the crowd. >> being asked to pay your fair share isn't class war fair. it's patriotism. >> mitt romney says we should take his word that he's paid his fair share. his word? his word? trust comes from transparency, and mitt romney comes up short on both. >> democrats adopted a party's platform that calls for higher taxes on th
>>> for barack, these issues are not political. they are personal. >> first lady michelle obama brings the democratic national convention to its feet. the powerful message she delivered to voters. >> reporter: we're live in morgan hill where several things are happening today involving missing teen, sierra lamar. we'll tell you who is visiting the search center an what's been planned for later on today. >>> well, good morning to you. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's wednesday, september 5th. >>> we begin with continuing coverage of the shooting that leaves a -- that leaves a chp officer, kenyon youngstrom, fighting for his life. he was shot yesterday by a man in a jeep. alex savidge is at the john muir medical center with an update on the officer's condition. >> reporter: i just spoke a short time ago with the chp spokesperson who told me that wounded officer's family members and fellow officers have remained here at his bedside throughout the my. he's in icu here and at last check does remain in critical condition. the chp identified the o
accomplished for the very -- to the various speakers from michelle obama and the headliners, michelle obama and bill clinton joe biden, barack obama and a lot of the secondary speakers. mission accomplished. they also had to -- at the same time, while they were at it, sort of a secondary goal is make sure the people understood what lies they had heard in tampa and what the truth really was. i think that mission was accomplished as well. so huge success i believe in getting the message out. they were really focused. they were really on message. when it comes to the speakers, you know, the evening the major speakers were all there between 10:00 and 11:00 east coast time. 7:00 to 8:00 on the west coast. but there were -- the secondary speakers, it was funny. each night, there was sort of one person that blew the place up and really lit the place up. and became an instant star. the first night was duvall patrick, governor of massachusetts. the night after him so wednesday night was congressman emmanuel clever from maryland and l
is in the spotlight. what we will hear from michelle obama. how will her speech compare with ann romney he is. personal take on her husband. >>> closing arguments as a jury is getting set to decide if drew peterson murdered his third wife. lots of news. we're glad you're with us. it is all "happening now." jenna: opening day at the democratic national convention, start of like baseball season, right? it is their tournament. their turn. i'm jenna lee. we're glad you're with us. jon: i'm jon scott. we're live in charlotte, north carolina with continuing coverage as president obama and his team make a case for a second term. this stands in stark contrast to the gop's, backs abortion rights, same-sex marriage and calls for higher taxes on the wealthiest americans. then come the speeches. tonight the first lady addresses the delegates. she is set to play up the difference between her husband and governor romney. another highlight tonight. the keynote address. san antonio mayor, julian castro, a rising young star in the democratic party is set to deliver it. he is the first latino ever tapped for t
headlines out of charlotte. first lady michelle obama speaking to the party faithful last night. bill clinton is tonight's headliner. we'll go to north carolina and check in with john harwood in a moment. >>> first, nfl kickoff, the giants and cowboys play tonight but the real game is on "squawk" this morning. we'll talk big business of the pigskin with the top nfl executive, mark wal erwaller at eastern time. and exclusive interview with indra nooyi from pepsico. and we'll talk to the owner of the new york jets, woody johnson at 7:15 eastern. and we have the owners of the cowboys and the giants, they will be live together at :15 eastern time. jerry jones and steve tisch in a "squawk box" exclusive. let's start with the top headlines, andrew. >>> let's talk facebook. it's promising not to sell stock to cover a $2 billion tax bill. it says it will cover that with existing cash and borrowing from credit facilities. as a result of the move, total outstanding shares will be reduced by 1.5 million shares. the company spinning it as a equivalent of buy back. the company disclosing rank and
to be michelle obama who's going to really fire up these democrats tonight, and they hope, outside of this hall, despite of the fact that the economy did not fire up today and that plagued barack obama. >> well now come to order. >> reporter: the democratic convention began in charlotte without president obama. he went to norfolk and did not mention the economic news. factory activity down for a third straight month, construction spending for the third month in a row. >> what i'm going to offer is a better path forward, a path that will create good jobs. >> a goal in charlotte is to get key voters he needs refired up and ready to go. in the last nbc news poll, 59% of young voters, only 49% of latinos said they were enthusiastic about the elections, democrats hope michelle obama can help tonight in her prime time speech. >> at whatever age to exercise the rights that people before us fought so hard for us to have. >> i'm going to not to -- because when michelle starts talking, i start getting all misty. >> back in charlotte, vice president biden arrived for the convention. there's heavy security
yesterday. it ended with a highly anticipated speech. michelle obama took the stage to huge applause and cheers. coming up for you at 5:15 we will take you live to charlotte, north carolina. we will bring you more reaction to her speech and also tell you who will step on to the big stage today. >>> also this morning u.n. secretary-general bon has called on them to end the attacks there. at least 23,000 people have been killed there. today at least 75 people were killed there, including 23 children. on top of that there is a refugee crisis, more than 230,000 people have fled syria, seeking refuge in neighboring countries. >> happening now firefighters in caloosa county are working to contain two wildfires burning east of clear lake. they started before 4:00 yesterday afternoon off highway 16 in the rumsy canyon area, it is closed. take a look at the mach, map, from there to there. the fires have burned 1200 acres, so just only 10% contained at this point. >>> a third fire burning near road 27 in yellow county is 90% contained. >>> firefighters also making progress on that wildfire b
romney and first lady michelle obama, they made campaign stops in the battleground state of virginia today. romney in fairfax, the first lady two stops in richmond and fredericksburg. that's where we find julie carey tonight, following both campaigns. hey, julie. >> reporter: hey there. they're breaking things down here. about 30 minutes ago this gym was packed with supporters as michelle obama wrapped up an energy rally here. at the competing rallies today, sorrow over the losses in libya, and a reminder yet again that northern virginia could decide this election. >> the next president of the united states, mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax, and the gop presidential candidate began by acknowledging the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya and the deaths of four diplomats there. >> we're in mourning. we've lost four of our diplomats across the world. we're thinking about their families, and those that they've left behind. >> reporter: five hours later at the university of mary washington, michelle obama made her second virg
from michelle obama, compared to ann romney's speech last week, as the democratic convention now begins in just a few hours. >>> scientology storm swirling around tom cruise again. did church officials choose mates for the megastar. >>> and on the rampage, armed with a ten-ton bulldozer. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez, in for paula faris. with labor day behind us, we begin this tuesday with the unofficial end to the summer of extremes. >> that's for sure. it's giving way to an early fall, filled with wildfires, high water and wicked winds, now bringing trouble from california to the carolinas. northeast of l.a., a fast-moving wildfire is tearing through the angeles national forest. the flames sending thousands of holiday campers fleeing. the fire has scorched six-square miles. and for now, aerial assault with a chopper and a dc-10 is the atta attack. so far, more than 300 firefighters have the flames barely contained. it comes as isaac roared ashore. almost 3,000 people remain in shelters and more than 100,000 have no power. baby emily, born too earl
. democrats still buzzing after michelle obama's soaring speech. now getting set for tonight's pitch from former president bill clinton. we're live with all the latest. >>> a live look at the traffic heading into san francisco from the bay bridge toll plaza. the news at 11:00 starts now. >>> good morning, everybody. thank you very much for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm marla tellez. we begin with new details that we are learning this morning on the shooting of a chp officer critically injured after a traffic stop tuesday. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in martinez where a news conference is scheduled to start any minute now. christie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. that's right. we're xping to hear from the spokesperson from the contra costa county sheriff's department any minute. they're leading up the investigation into the shooting of chp officer here as well. meanwhile, chp officer kenyon marc youngstrom still hospitalized at this hour. i'm told still on life support at a hospital in walnut creek. getting a huge show of support, though, from fellow officer
-- michelle obama. and mayor castro will speak as well. >> under they score, immigration, education, healthcare. any number of issues he's been a very effective advocate for the latino community. the president will make the case, americans are better off now than four years ago. >> reporter: vice president arrived today. >> you want to know whether we're wetter off? i got a little -- we're better off? i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! [ cheers ] >> reporter: live in charlotte, sandra endo, tori, back to you. >> thank you. >>> and we have more details to tell you about. north carolina is considered a battleground another poll tending to lead democrat in north carolina shows the race tied. >>> police could face serious charges after allegedly embezzling $100,000 in overtime pay. kamala harris filed new charges at the inhouse police force in porterville. according to "the huffington post" charges stem from more than 500 hours of overtime in 2008. a tulare grand jury heard the case in 2008. show we have new details -- >>> we have
michelle obama starting off tonight. bill clinton joe biden, john kerry and of course, tomorrow night and then president obama the featured speaker the acceptance speech at the bank of america stadium on thursday evening. about half a mile from here. it is all happening here in charlotte. that's why we're here. it is good to have you with us. where you happen to be in this great land of ours. 1-866-55-press is our toll free number. use that to give us a call and chime in on what you think about what you've heard leading up to the convention. still talking about all of the lies we heard from tampa. paul ryan still trying to make excuses. he's lying about how fast he can run a marathon. he will lie about anything. he will lie about his own age probably. still a lot of afterthought about last week in tampa and a lot of excitement about this week here in charlotte. 1-866-55-press. now let's see how it's going to work here. peter ogborn in charlotte with me, sitting on my right. your left i guess. hello. >> n
. >>> michelle obama takes center stage at the democratic national convention. her deeply personal speech electrifies the crowd. >> you see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still mom in chief. >> the president and their daughters watch from the white house, as the first lady makes the case for a second term. >>> the latest on those bombshell claims about tom cruise. stunning, new details from the shocking "vanity fair" cover story about what it took to be his girlfriend. his alleged personal orders to change her look, including filing down her teeth. now, the writer who broke the story joins us. >>> and apple's supersecret surprise. we'll reveal what the brand-new product launch really is. can apple top themselves one more time? >>> and good morning, america, from the democratic convention here in charlotte. robin is with her family in mississippi right now. happy to have elizabeth vargas with us. what a night here last night. when michelle obama came out, the crowd was electrified. she brought them to their feet. she didn't mention mitt romney at all last night. all the
. >>> michelle obama took center stage tonight as the democratic national convention opened in charlotte south carolina. the first lady praised her husband saying he's the man to trust to revive this nation's economy. ktvu's ken pritchett live at the convention hall to tell us about that and also the one person she never mentioned. ken-- >> reporter: well frank we didn't talk to a delegate today who wasn't excited about the prospect of hearing from michelle obama tonight. she talked about family, the presidency and took what could be seen as a not so subtle swipes at the opposition. first lady michelle obama entered to cheers and an arena full of delegates on their feet and an enthusiasm that endured through her speech. she says the enthusiasm has not changed for her husband. >> barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with all those years ago. >> reporter: she talked of their family scrapping to mange ends meet and as a young couple paying for college. >> we were so young, so in love. and so in debt. and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest r
political prize is going to be in 2012 and northern virginia is the key which is why we have michelle obama here in fredericksburg here today. this presidential campaign has been focused on the economic challenges took a turn to the foreign policy and the turmoil in the middle east. this is what michelle obama had to say. >> i want to say how truly heart-broken barack and i are about the horrific tragedy that occurred earlier this week in libya. i'm not sure if everyone is aware. but our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who gave their lives serving our country. >> reporter: now, mitt romney had his rally in the heart of fairfax today. his comments about the unrest in et middle east yesterday caused some controversy. so today he tried to turn the focus back to the economy. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax and he began by acknowledging the attack on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> we're thinking about their families and those that they left behind. what a tragedy to lose such a wonderful -- >> repor
will be capped off by michele obama. david walker joins because he the incident last week in tampa. former u.s. general. >> we are in a 70 trillion-dollar hole. we have unfunded pensions and health care. unfunded social security, unfunded medicare. the range of other commitments and contingencies. it is over $70 trillion. neil: which party has the better plan to do that? >> it will be interesting to see how barack obama embraces simpson-bowles or that he hasn't yet, but if he does, that could be a game changer. there is one serious problem in one moderate problem. the series problem is that if you don't effectively deal with health care costs, you don't solve the problem. neil: who better than kathleen sebelius to help you. >> he is a happy beneficiary to bring happy quality health care to every senior citizen. president obama is building on that legacy. by bringing quality and secure health care to every american. obamacare is a badge of honor. because no matter who you are, what stage of life you are in, this law is a good thing. first, if you already have insurance that you like, you can
on the democratic national convention. first lady michelle obama's big opening night address set a high bar for all who followed. >> barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity. >> mitt romney quite simply doesn't get it. >> the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough. >> america is not in decline. i've got news for governor romney and congressman ryan, gentlemen, never, ever, it never makes sense, it's never been a good bet to bet against the american people. >> as i stand here tonight, i have never been more hopeful about america. not because i think i have all the answers, not because i'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. i'm hopeful because of you. >> joining us for the post script this friday special edition senior reporter for "newsweek," andrew romano. a number of republicans had to admit when you look at those speeches, it was unmatched when you put th
conversation today with first lady michelle obama on her husband, the opposition, and the constant struggle to keep things normal for two daughters at home. >> you have to balance trying to keep their lives normal with allowing them to experience history. >>> also tonight an air scare. a plane turned around in mid air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. with the fall election now 60 days away from the democrats here in charlotte it all comes down to tonight. after a long wind up and one brief cameo appearance on stage last night, tonight they get to hear from president barack obama who will make his case for re-election. this entire event is something of an audible. we were supposed to be outdoors in the football stadium but because of the rain here in charlotte including earlier today the president will appear here in this much smaller hall tonight. our team is in place to cover it all. andrea mitchell starts off ou
campaign captured by firstç lady michele obamaand we'll bailiff you tt with -- bring you that with other speeds. >san antonio mayor julio castro plus other major speeches tonight. on-line you can find our 24 hour live stream coverage events inside and outside the hall. >> ifill: let's get started right down to the floor to ray suarez who will be with us tonight and the rest of the conventions. ray suare. >> suarez: we will hear from senate majority leader harry reid of november and house minority leader nancy pelosi of california. later on there will be video tributes, the first to fermenter president jimmy carter and one to the late senator edward kennedy of massachusetts. and of course much later tonight as judy mentioned, the keynote from the 37 year old mayor of san antonio texas, hoolian julit trocastroand michelle obama, tht lady of the united states. >> woodruff: mark shields and draifd brooks were with us last weak in tampa and they are here with us in charlotte. what does this line up tonight say to you what the democrats, what barack obama wants to accomplish
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